Where are you from?
Chicago, IL – Beverly neighborhood on the far southwest side
What is your role at Bottleneck?
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy seeing everything from the numbers and behind the scenes perspective that goes into making a restaurant successful. I also really enjoy the company culture, especially in the office. It’s pretty different and a lot more relaxed than most corporate offices, which caters perfectly to the unique minds that we have working here.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I like to stay pretty active. I’m a big golfer in the warmer months and play hockey once or twice a week in the winter. My family just closed on a cottage on a quiet lake up in Michigan so I plan on being there doing a lot of work once winter comes to a close.
I was referred to Emma Davidson by her brother, who I’ve been friends with for a while. We were a few beers deep at a St. Patrick’s Day party and he told me that his sister does accounting for “bars.” I found that BM was obviously much more than just bars and that an accounting position was open… and here we are.
What do you enjoy about working with the team/company?
I really enjoy seeing the energy of the people in the company, both in the restaurants and in the office. It’s inspiring to see everyone so passionate about what they do.
Current Favorite drink?
Any solid wheat or Hefeweizen normally. I’ll get made fun of by craft beer people for this… but I also drink a lot of Bud Light and cheap beer in general.
What is something that people probably don’t know about you?
I’m the youngest of five kids. There’s a pretty big gap between my two oldest siblings and me. Even a lot of people that know me well forget I have four siblings.
Favorite TV/Movie Quote?
Tough question… I refer to Happy Gilmore a lot in daily interactions. But Planes, Trains, & Automobiles has one line in particular that gets me every time: When John Candy is asked by a state trooper if he had any idea how fast he was going…
“Funny enough, I was just talking to my friend about that. Our speedometer has melted and as a result, it’s very hard to see with any degree of accuracy exactly how fast we were going.”
Bad music. If you’re not a good DJ like me, give up the reins. Don’t try to be a hero.
Share a moment of personal triumph:
It will be getting my CPA certification. I’ve been working at it for a while and it’s taken up a pretty large part of my life for the past two years.